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NJTV to put spotlight to New Brunswick with "In Your Neighborhood" special

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - ​NJTV - typically broadcasting from its home in downtown Newark - is coming to New Brunswick these next couple weeks, as part of their “In Your Neighborhood” series.

NJTV’s program will bring together different key figures from across the city, similar to In Your Neighborhood specials the​ station has ​broadcast in Asbury Park, Camden and Trenton.

The series also lets NJTV highlight different aspects of what make the city unique, whether it’s the historical reenactments at the Old Barracks Museum in Trenton or the state capital’s pork roll eating contests, or Asbury Park’s​ ongoing ​revitalization.

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The New Brunswick special will be broken into two parts, the first ​airing the evening of December 13.

At 5:30 p.m., NJTV will broadcast a special, live edition of NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams, focusing on New Brunswick.

Then at 6 p.m., live from Brother Jimmy’s BBQ, NJTV will showcase the In Your Neighborhood: New Brunswick Special. Following that is a local, New Brunswick edition of One-On-One with Steve Adubato, followed by an encore of the NJTV In Your Neighborhood Special at 8 p.m.

“Our team will be working from Brother Jimmy’s BBQ to present an appetizing menu of news, arts and culture of New Brunswick,” according to NJTV.

All of this will be live-streamed and available on NJTV’s Facebook.

Then the week after, NJTV is holding a town hall where they want to hear from ​New Brunswick residents directly. The town hall will focus on particular theme​s​ in the city: housing and quality of life.

At the Trenton town hall, the theme was "Faces and Challenges of Modern Day Poverty." At Asbury Park, the theme was "Economic disparity and its effect on community health and quality of life."

Then at Camden, the theme was "Working in Camden: Jobs, Opportunities and Challenges."

“We will explore the current local housing environment and residents’ perception of quality of life; recent policies and their impact on residents, challenges facing individuals with limited income and opportunities for New Brunswick resident​s​,” said Debra Falk, a spokesperson for NJTV.

To do that, NJTV will bring community activists and local experts in their respective fields, according to Falk.

This will include four panelists.

  • Staci Berger, President & CEO of Housing & Community Development Network of NJ
  • Jaime Santiago, Executive Director, New Brunswick Tomorrow
  • Jason Rowe, Director, Unity Square
  • Ashley Koning, Director, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll/Center for Public Interest Polling

There will also be different experts on hand, Falk said.

  • Teresa Vivar, Executive Director,  Lazos Unidos
  • Karen Blumenfeld, Executive Director of Global Advisors on Smokefree Policy

The town hall is slated for December 18, 6 p.m. at the Adult Learning Center, 268 Baldwin St. NJTV is coordinating the town hall with New Brunswick Tomorrow. Anyone interested in attending should RSVP by emailing betancourts@njtvonline.org

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